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March 2023

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2023 Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) Application fee
1/1/2023 - 10/1/2023
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2023 Chamber Certification Program Application Fee
1/1/2023 - 6/30/2023
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2023 Outstanding Chamber of the Year fee
1/1/2023 - 10/1/2023
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Dinner the evening before Chamber Day
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2023 Leadership Summit
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2023 Membership Sales Training
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2023 IACCE Fall Conference Member Registration
11/8/2023 - 11/8/2023
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2023 IACCE Fall Conference Non-member Registration
11/8/2023 - 11/10/2023
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Events in the next 180 days...
2023 Accredited Chamber Executive Application fee

IACCE established the Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) Program in 1997 to recognize the professional competency of ​chamber of commerce professionals in the state of Illinois.

The ACE designation is based upon experience, service to IACCE, training, continuing education and personal achievement of IACCE members.

The ACE designation strengthens the career development objectives of IACCE and provides recognition to Chamber professionals in Illinois. Selected recipients receive professional certification that can be included with the recipient's profile, biography and resume. 

Your completed application and supporting materials must be submitted via email to, along with a resume of professional experience and a letter of recommendation by October 1. 

2023 Chamber Certification Program Application Fee

About the Certification
The IACCE Certified Chamber of Commerce Program promotes public awareness of the intent of the chamber of commerce brand as a non-profit community development based business membership organization by providing a peer review process of generally accepted chamber of commerce organizational benchmarks.

Certification with IACCE defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities. The purpose of the IACCE Certification Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across Illinois.
By becoming a certified chamber of commerce, chambers are recognized for sound business practices and for providing responsible and innovative programs to benefit their membership. IACCE is the professional development organization for Illinois chamber professionals. As such, it is our responsibility to guide chamber leaders and support each other.

The IACCE Chamber Certification Program is voluntary. Any chamber that is accredited through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is exempt from all application requirements with proof of accreditation. Only IACCE members may apply. Application does not guarantee approval of verification. Certification is based on information provided in the application and is a recognition designation. IACCE is not endorsing the chamber in any legal manner and is not liable for the actions of any certified or uncertified chamber.

Submission Timeline
The deadline to submit applications is June 30th of each year. (No applications are accepted after this date.) Panels of at least three chamber professionals review and score each application. The fee to apply is $250 and must be paid no later than August 31.

Newly certified chambers are recognized during the IACCE annual conference at the annual awards ceremony, including a presentation of a Certified Chamber of Commerce plaque. In addition, a marketing packet is provided to assist the chamber in utilizing certification designation as an effective marketing tool in recruitment efforts.

ACCE Convention Scholarship Deadline

IACCE awards partial scholarships for the ACCE convention. That application can be found here and the deadline is 5pm CST March 31, 2023.

Exploring Career Pathways and Essential Skills in Today's Workforce: Connecting Education and Employers to Enhance the Student Experience

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with local high schools to offer a Six-Session Certificate of Employability Workshop. This program aims to bridge the gap between education and employment for students. The workshop invites employers from diverse industries to share information about various careers and essential skills required for success. Participating students gain valuable insights into local businesses and different career pathways available in Sauk Valley. The program concludes with students receiving a certificate of completion to showcase their newly acquired skills to potential employers.

This would be a great webinar for any chamber looking at the "how to" and actual implementation of a workforce development strategy.

Join us in this webinar to learn about the workshop's structure, the roles of employers and teachers, and feedback from students about the program.

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Dinner the evening before Chamber Day

Coming to Springfield on Monday, April 17 in anticipation of Tuesday's Chamber Day? Join us for dinner at Saputo's! We will have a special guest -- Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs!

We will meet in the large private dining room. The price includes an amazing Italian buffet and non-alcoholic drinks. There will also be a cash bar in the room. 

There is a parking lot behind the restaurant but it is a very short walk from the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel.


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Chamber Day

Join us for our annual event co-hosted by the Illinois Chamber. This is our annual legislative event that you don't want to miss. More info here

Register here . There is a limited block of rooms for $135 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel. Reserve your room here.

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2023 Leadership Summit

Join us for this year's Leadership Summit!

Are you a catalytic leader? Interested in driving change for your chamber and your community? Even if you aren’t the CEO (but think like one), join us May 2 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club for roundtable discussions focusing on the future of chambers. Let’s utilize your collective wisdom to inspire ideas to move our chambers and communities forward.

This year's Summit will engage leaders in the following discussion topics:
  1. Telling Our Story - Elevate and Amplify the Chamber Brand
  2. The Chamber as the Community's Thought Leader
  3. Future-Focused, Customized Service
  4. Being a World Class Chamber
$75 - lunch/beverages are included

Thinking of spending the night before the Summit nearby? Hotel info is below. We'll kick off the Summit with networking over cocktails and dinner Monday, May 1 beginning at 7pm at the Bolingbrook Golf Club for those who can join us that evening. There will be an extra $50 fee for dinner which will be added to your registration. 

Book your hotel night for the IACCE Leadership Summit here. Guests may also phone the hotel directly at 630-378-0380 to reserve under the group name "IACCE Leadership Summit" and receive the discounted rate of $149. The group rate expires Sunday, April 9, 2023.

Thank you to Ameren Illinois Efficiency program for sponsoring this event.


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MIKI Monday Webinar Session #2: DISCovering Your Strengths

DISCovering your Strengths
presented by Foster McCarl

The best strategies and ideas in the world are rendered ineffective if they are not communicated properly. When armed with proper communication tools, you and your team will be able to harness the power to design strategic plans, build trust, expand creativity, focus on implementation of ideas, collaborate effectively and achieve goals faster.


  • Learn how to identify symptoms of communication issues.
  • Take note of the different communication styles.
  • Highlight relationships where you can implement what you have learned.

Each Participant receives ONE Free DISC Assessment.

MIKI Monday webinars are $15/each or 4 for $50. Register here

2023 Membership Sales Training

More info to follow but the cost will be $55

MIKI Mondays Webinar Session #3: Strong Chambers for the Future

Strong Chambers for the Future
Megan Lucas

Is your organization ready for the future? Explore trends and issues affecting the relevance and viability of chambers. Become aware of key trends and issues that impact chambers and discuss steps to ensure the future of the chamber industry.

MIKI Monday webinars are $15/each or 4 for $50. Register here

Chamber of Commerce Week